The weather channel is calling for never-ending snowstorms. You look out the window and all you see is white. You have to wear 3 pairs of socks to keep your toes warm. But you still want to go and do all your favourite wintery activities. So what is the solution? How about a peppermint hot chocolate, or a tumeric latte, or a matcha coconut latte to keep you warm while you are out in the winter weather? Here is our list of some of our favourite warm bevies in the Heart of Georgian Bay, and where to get them.
Grounded Coffee Co. | 538 Bay Street, Midland
Best known as the best small batch coffee roaster in the 705, Grounded Coffee Co. is the local hot spot for anything coffee. Located just off the waterfront, right downtown Midland, this cozy little coffee shop is a great spot to set up with a good book, or take a break after browsing the shops along King Street. Of course, you can get your basic espresso, cappucino, or their house-roasted coffee, but if you're looking for something a little out of the box, try the Turmeric Golden Milk
. Made with fresh organic Peruvian turmeric root and ginger, Italian organic lemon juice, and blended with super creamy vanilla almond milk or coconut milk, this delicious treat will not only warm you up, but it is ethically sourced and made with love.
Ciboulette et cie | 290 King Street, Midland
Ciboulette (the French word for chive and pronounced sea-boo-leT
) is a popular hang out for all types, young and not so young. It offers a warm atmosphere, an ever-changing menu of fresh fare, craft beer on tap and live music almost every weekend. When you can't make up your mind on whether you want tea or a latte, they have the solution... a London Fog
is a delicious combination of sweetened Earl Grey tea, warm milk, and vanilla. Perfect for rainy days in England, or snowy days here in Canada, this is just the treat to warm you up. Try it with their famous ginger molasses cookies or baked-daily scones.
Larder & Pantry | 4 Robert Street West, Penetanguishene
L&P is the newest coffee shop in the area, but they should not be underestimated. As the third location opened by the owner of Ciboulette et cie, this little shop serves breakfast, lunch, and of course, coffee! If you can get past the colour, their Matcha Coconut Latte
is a fan favourite. In case you aren't familiar with the matcha trend, it is a drink made of powdered Japanese tea leaves. Not only is it loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but it also contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Try one in the shop, and if you fall in love, you're in luck because you can buy the matcha blend in store and make it at home on the really, really cold days that you don't want to leave the house.
Flynn's Traditional Irish Pub | 96 Main Street, Penetanguishene
Wander into this friendly pub on the corner of Robert and Main, for a pint of your favourite beer and some good, affordable pubgrub. We suggest their warm, gooey spinach and artichoke dip. Or bring it up a notch by ordering the Shamrock Burger, where they take that same dip and put it on top of a homemade burger. But when the days are extra cold and you need a little something extra to warm you up, that's when a good old Irish Coffee
is the thing to order. This cocktail is traditionally made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey and a bit of sugar and topped off with whipped cream is sure to warm you up inside and out.
Elegant Gournet | 235 King Street, Midland
As soon as you enter this little shop downtown Midland, you are immediately overcome with the sweet smell of coffee and chocolate. Not only do they have a selection of giftware and gourmet coffee and tea for purchase, they also made their own chocolates, belgian truffles and fudge. It is a happy place for those with a sweet tooth, that's for sure. They have a variety of warm bevies available, but our favourite is their Dark Hot Chocolate
, with a shot of peppermint. It is creamy and warm and delicious! If you want to challenge your sweet tooth, have it with their famous chocolate-covered butter tarts or chocolate-covered fudge. Yes, you read that right.
So bundle up and brave the cold weather to try one or all of these great spots. And keep trying until you find your warm bevie of choice. And don't forget that these places are year-round hot spots for delicious caffeine and most offer cold refreshments like cold brew coffee, iced lattes and turmeric smoothies, so keep them in mind when you want to quench your thirst this summer.
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